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Johnny Cash

Born: 1932-02-26 - Died: 2003-07-12
Cause of Death:
Complications from diabetes


Death Summary: In the late 90's, Cash was diagnosed with autonomic neuropathy associated with diabetes. He would develop pneumonia and have to be hospitalized, but he survived. Complications from diabetes came back again, and took Cash's life in 2003.

Who was Johnny Cash : Johnny Cash is a legendary country music singer who created music for nearly 50 years. Known as a man of contained multitudes, Johnny Cash bucked many of the trends in country music.

Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas, the third of seven children. He was born J.R. Cash, but when he tried to enlist in the United States Air Force, he had to adopt an actual name instead of initials. He chose John Cash, but would eventually develop his stage name Johnny Cash.

During his younger years, his family was hit hard by the Depression, which inspired many of his songs later on. He started working in the cotton fields at the age of five. At age 9, Cash witnessed his brother's death which has been mentioned in many of Johnny Cash's documentaries.

During his Air Force training, Cash met his first wife Vivian Liberto. After three weeks of dating, Cash was deployed to Germany for a three year tour. Upon returning from his tour, Cash and Vivian were married.

The couple moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Cash sold appliances while working his way to be a radio announcer. Eventually, he started playing with a two man group called "Tennessee Two". This led to Cash auditioning at Sun Records, where he played "Hey Porter" and "Cry! Cry! Cry!". Both songs became successful. The successes led to the release of the "Folsom County Blues" album. The record made the Country Music Top 5, and the single "I Walk the Line" reached No. 1 on the Country Charts, and the Top 20 pop charts. His first two albums were with Sun Records, who he stayed with until the late 50's. He would eventually sign with Columbia Records, and released the album which contained one of his most successful hits "Don't Take Your Guns to Town".

During the late 50's and into the 60's, Johnny Cash began to start his outlaw image. He started drinking heavily, and became addicted to drugs. Although his personal life was getting crazy, he continued to release successful records. In 1966, his wife filed for divorce and two years later he married June Carter. The two would duet together, and she co-wrote one of Johnny Cash's greatest hits "Ring of Fire".

In the 1970's, Cash's popularity began to wane and his music began selling less and less. He turned to other creative outlets, including television, an autobiography, and became friendly with President Nixon and later President Carter.

In the 1980's, Cash made a resurgence by joining the country super band The Highwaymen. The group consisted of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. The group released two albums, each of them popular hits.

In the 1990's, Cash would make a comeback with his solo career. He signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings label, which was known for hard rock and rap at the time. He recorded an album called American Recordings, and it went on to achieve critical and commercial success. He would go on to record five more albums, two of which were posthumously recorded after his death.

Johnny Cash died four months after his second wife, June. They are both buried next to each other in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
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12 Signatures in Johnny Cash's guestbook

  1. Zachary Jarbeck,age11 Says:

    I like his music and he will be missed:(

  2. Zachary Jarbeck,age11 Says:

    i love his music and he will be missed

  3. johnny cash Says:

    im not dead

  4. johnny cash Says:

    im in the big microphone in the sky

  5. Pamela Osburn Says:

    We will miss The Man In Black.

  6. john kelly Says:

    recently this year i got into johnny cash and i am a big fan of his johhny im looking up at you, and june. R.I.P G.B.N.F

  7. Travis Says:

    He got it one piece at a time

  8. Johnny Cash Says:

    i died from choking on some bologna

  9. Johnny Cash Says:

    Dont worry June was good in bed

  10. ryan Says:

    very missed

  11. gail wyatt Says:

    One of the greatest singers of all times!

  12. william lee Says:

    u will be missed a lot


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